Rep. Walsh says folks like McCain 'have no clue'
July 28th, 2011
10:52 AM ET
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Rep. Walsh says folks like McCain 'have no clue'

Washington (CNN) – Freshman Republican Rep. Joe Walsh took issue with Senate stalwart John McCain's criticism of tea party efforts regarding the debt ceiling and blamed the old guard for the fiscal failures of Congress.

"Folks like Sen. John McCain have been in this town for too long and they're the ones who have gotten us into this mess year after year after year," the Illinois congressman said Thursday on "CNN Newsroom." "Folks like him … have no clue as to the troubles Americans are going through right now. They don't understand this crisis anymore."

Arizona Sen. McCain on Wednesday said ultimatums issued by many in his conference, like insisting on a balanced budget amendment to the constitution that he said will not become law, are "worse than foolish." But Walsh said he and his fellow fiscally conservative freshmen came to Washington to find a solution to the crisis.

Walsh, who was elected in 2010 with tea party support, said he is more concerned with solving the debt crisis than he is with the August 2 deadline for raising the borrowing limit to avoid a potential default.

Conservative members of Congress, particularly freshmen, are a key voice in the debate over the debt ceiling with their unbending positions that have become obstacles for House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in their attempts to reach a compromise.

"I'm obsessed with making sure that we solve this debt crisis and if it takes us a few more days, let's do it," Walsh said.

When asked about a recent report in the Chicago Sun-Times that he owes $117,437 in child support to his ex-wife and that his home was foreclosed upon, Walsh said his struggles mirror those of many Americans.

"I ran as a guy who lost his home and had had financial struggles, like a lot of Americans," Walsh said. "This is where a lot of Americans come from right now. It's why they sent so many of us to Washington to do something about this because we're living this experience."

– CNN Political Producer Shannon Travis contributed to this report.


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • John McCain
soundoff (339 Responses)
  1. GHinds

    As Don King wiould say "only in America".. How does a guy who breaks the law, can't pay sor his home qualified to position himself on the financials matters of this country?

    July 28, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  2. roscoe

    When did Joe leave the Eagles? Years of drinking and drugs will do this to you......

    July 28, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  3. Bill

    I'm absolutely HORRIFIED Rep. Walsh is a member of Congress. He's completely unqualified, has zero understanding of basic economics, and has the moral fortitude and responsibility of a limp noodle. How in the name of all that's holy did this deadbeat dad, personally-bankrupt guy get into Congress? What the heck? I do NOT want this man responsible for 1/435th of ANYTHING, much less making Federal law. OMG...between him and Michele Bachman, I'm horrified at who gets to vote on things that affect my family. Help us....

    July 28, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  4. malasangre

    don't worry. i read in another story that his lawyer is "negotiating" with his children over the amount that is "really" owed. sounds like just some crazy mixup

    July 28, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Walsh should be booted from congress as I am pretty sure the best interest of the US is a requirement to be in congress. Economist say we will default, scientist say there is climate change why do facts no matter to these people

    July 28, 2011 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  6. franklyfedup

    I do not agree with John Mcain on many of his views but I respect and listen to him. Joe (the jerk) walsh is a whole different piece of slime. No legimate news media should ever give this tea bagger a forum for his worthless racist views. This deadbeat has the nerve to talk about economics. I hope his wife is the person who take this scumbag down. It is hard to believe he was ever elected to any office. Any elected official who signed a pledge to a special interest group(Norquist,teabaggers) should be removed immediately from office. Any signed pledge to special interest is not representive of we the people.

    July 28, 2011 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  7. Cliff Vegas

    I'm not impressed, Mr. Walsh.

    July 29, 2011 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  8. Donna

    1, The republicans plan to make President Obama a one termer has back fired
    2. Walsh is the same idiot that stated on the Chris Matthews show that President Obama was only elected because he is black and white folks felt sorry for him because of slavery
    3. I guess it's more important to Walsh to run for a political office than to pay for your obligations such as a Housenote,and child support.
    4. He's operating from a lie-he spent money running for congress of his district in whatever part of illinois and his children were suffering. He's a fiscal conservative alright!!!

    July 29, 2011 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  9. Ozzi

    McCain is an old, old man. He voted us into debt and now he's blaming the Tea Party for his own short-comings. McCain voted for CAFTA and sat out the vote regarding the war in Iraq. He got us into this mess and going after freshmen isn't going to help the US in the long-term. McCain needs to be fired AZ. Find a younger senator and take your lumps with losing Seniority in Congress.

    July 29, 2011 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  10. ray in florida

    Yes, McCain and the Republicans are responsible for the financial mess this country is in, with some help from blue dog and timid Democrats who fail to make the case for their principals. The fact that Walsh recognizes this fact doesn't make him and his Tea Party cohorts any less irresponsible. Or is it just utter stupidity that the TP'ers is willing to sacrifice the economic well-being of over three hundred million people to satisfy their extreme agenda for recovery. Since when has killing the patient become an acceptable method for stopping the spread of cancer?

    July 29, 2011 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  11. ray in florida

    Corrections
    Yes, McCain and the Republicans are responsible for the financial mess this country is in, with some help from blue dog and timid Democrats who failed to make the case for their principals. That Walsh recognizes this fact doesn't make him and his Tea Party cohorts any less irresponsible. Or is it just utter stupidity that the TP'ers are willing to sacrifice the economic well-being of over three hundred million people to satisfy their extreme agenda for recovery. Since when has killing the patient become an acceptable method for stopping the spread of cancer?

    July 29, 2011 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  12. oldboldgold

    This nut cake lost his house because of the economic meltdown in 2008 caused by George Bush and his crooked corporate cronies... so he's going to make sure every other human in this country loses everything... except for the corporations and ultrarich? The man is insane. If that is his reason, why is the basis of their case that corporations and rich will continue to pay NO TAXES? This is irrational and not believable.

    July 29, 2011 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  13. oldboldgold

    What do you think of a deadbeat dad in Congress that is trying to make sure his kids can't even get government help... he never said if their mom can feed them or not. Over $100K is a lot... he makes a lot of money in Congress... what about his kids? He's wanting to do the same to my grandkids as his own? Put them on the street?

    July 29, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  14. Gary Swanson

    Why should we take advice on fiscal matters from a deadbeat dad?

    July 29, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
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